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Kremlin says Putin is ready for talks on Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the participants of the II Congress of Young Scientists in Sochi on December 1, 2022.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin would be open to talks on a possible settlement of the war in Ukraine.

His comments to reporters came shortly after US President Joe Biden said he would be willing to meet Putin if the Russian leader was willing to end the war.

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Finland’s PM warns Russia won’t be the only one to ‘feel empowered’ by Ukraine victory

Speaking during a visit to Australia, Finland’s Marin said China had an important role to play in ending Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has warned that Russia will not be the only one to “feel empowered” if the Kremlin wins its war in Ukraine.

Speaking during a visit to Australia, Marin said China had an important role to play in ending the war, urged Europe to do more to strengthen its defense capabilities and said the region would not be strong enough to cope without the support of key allies.

“We have to make sure we are stronger. And now I have to be very honest, brutally honest with you, Europe is not strong enough right now,” Marin said.

“We would be in trouble without the United States … in the war in Ukraine. The United States has given a lot of weapons, a lot of financial aid, a lot of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, and Europe is still not strong enough,” she added.

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Ukraine’s presidential aide says up to 13,000 soldiers have been killed in the war

Ukraine’s forces have lost somewhere between 10,000 and 13,000 troops so far in the war against Russia, according to Reuters reportwhich quoted comments from Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak.

It is believed to be the first estimated death toll of Ukrainian military personnel from a senior official since Ukraine’s military chief said nearly 9,000 soldiers had died by the end of August.

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Member states will have to decide on an EU proposal to set up a court to investigate Russian war crimes, the UN says

Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, attended a press conference at UN headquarters.

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The United Nations has said it will let member states decide whether to set up a court to investigate possible Russian war crimes in Ukraine.

Earlier in the day, the European Union proposed the creation of a UN-backed court to investigate possible war crimes in Ukraine. The EU has also proposed using frozen Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine.

“The decision to establish a tribunal, with or without the involvement of the United Nations, is a decision that will depend on [U.N.] member states,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said during a daily press briefing.

“The Secretary-General is certainly aware that there have been discussions in various forums about the possibility of establishing an international tribunal regarding what is happening in Ukraine, and in particular on the issue of the crime of aggression,” he said. he said, adding that any further comment on the matter would be mere speculation.

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A Ukrainian defense official speaks next to a malfunctioning warhead

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar speaks as she stands next to a fake warhead mimicking the nuclear part of an Kh-55SM strategic cruise missile used by Russian forces during recent missile attacks on Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar speaks as she stands next to a fake warhead mimicking the nuclear part of a Kh-55SM strategic cruise missile used by Russian troops during recent missile attacks against Ukraine during a media briefing in Kyiv, Ukraine 01 December 2022

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The X-55SM strategic cruise missile can carry nuclear warheads, spokespeople said at the briefing.

A failed warhead mimicking the nuclear part of a Kh-55SM strategic cruise missile that was used by Russian forces during recent missile attacks against Ukraine is seen during a media briefing in Kyiv, Ukraine on December 01, 2022.

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Biden and Macron promise to continue supporting Ukraine against Russia

US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron at a joint press conference at the White House reaffirmed their commitment to support Ukraine against Russia.

“The fact that the US is strongly supporting the Ukrainians at this moment is very important not only for the Ukrainians, but also for the Europeans that we are. That is why we thank you for the solidarity, for the stability of our world today,” Macron said. “Because if we think we can abandon the country and abandon full respect for its principles, that means there is no possible stability in this world.”

Macron is visiting the US as a guest at Biden’s first state dinner as president.

Biden said he has no plans to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin anytime soon, but would be willing if Putin is truly interested in ending the war.

“I am ready to talk to Mr. Putin if he really has an interest in deciding that he is looking for a way to end the war. He hasn’t done that yet,” Biden said.

“In the meantime, I think what Emanuel said is absolutely critical: We need to support the Ukrainian people,” Biden said. “The idea that Putin will ever defeat Ukraine is beyond comprehension.

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